APA Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology Call for Nominations

APA's Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology (CDIP) seeks nominations for two new members to begin three-year terms on January 1.

APA's Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology (CDIP) seeks nominations for two new members to begin three-year terms on January 1.

The Committee’s mission is to promote the:

  • Psychological well-being of people with disabilities;

  • Inclusion of knowledge about disabilities and disability issues in education, training programs, policies, and professional development of psychologists;

  • Development and implementation of psychological service delivery modes responsive to the needs of people with disabilities; and

  • Awareness of disability in psychological research as well as specific research activity in disability areas.

Current CDIP activities include developing resource guides and other informational materials, increasing the visibility of disability within APA, and addressing barriers to psychology training and practice encountered by individuals with disabilities.

CDIP seeks psychologists with disability-related academic, clinical, or research experience. The Committee strongly encourages applications from those who have a disability (visible, invisible, or due to a chronic health condition or injury) and/or those with personal experience with disability. The Committee also actively recruits ethnic minority psychologists and those who are members of other underrepresented groups. Nominations are open to APA members who are retired or employed less than full time.

Selected candidates will be required to attend two committee meetings each year in Washington, DC, with expenses reimbursed by the APA, and are encouraged to attend CDIP-related activities held during the APA Convention at their own expense. Members are also expected to participate in email discussions and conference calls, andwork on Committee priorities between meetings.

Nomination materials should include a current curriculum vitae and a letter from the nominee indicating willingness to serve on CDIP and highlighting specific competencies, interests, and potential contributions to the work of CDIP.

Nomination materials and supporting materials should be sent by August 14, 2009 to:

Anju Khubchandani
Office on Disability Issues in Psychology
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC, 20002-4242

Or by e-mail.

Distinguished Contributions to the Advancement of Disability Issues in Psychology: Call for Nominations

The Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology (CDIP) of the American Psychological Association (APA) presents its Distinguished Contributions to the Advancement of Disability Issues in Psychology Award.

This award seeks to recognize an APA member who has had a significant and enduring impact on advancing the role of psychological principles to enhance the lives of and promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in society. The contributions may be of a scientific, professional, educational, mentoring, leadership, or political nature.

The nominator is asked to compile and submit the following materials:

  • Letter of nomination : (written by the nominator) to include a brief description of the specific achievements and contributions of the nominee (500 word maximum),

  • Current curriculum vitae : requested from the nominee, and

  • The names of three individuals who have been asked by the nominator to write reference letters.

Send nominations and supporting materials by mail to:

CDIP Awards
Public Interest Directorate
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242

Or email to Sara Laney.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is July 1, 2009.

The award will be presented by members of CDIP at the APA Annual Convention in Toronto.

Disability Mentoring Program Seeks Mentors 

The APA Office on Disability Issues in Psychology is enthused to present its online Disability Mentoring Program. We are seeking APA member psychologists to mentor psychology students and early career psychologists with disabilities.  Mentors will be matched with mentees who share similar disability, area of assistance, and major field in psychology. To sign up, go to the Disability Mentoring Program page.

For more information or assistance please contact:

Sara Laney
APA Office on Disability Issues
(202) 336-6031